Best Solo Artists


What's your favorite solo artist?
Qualifications, has to be the only official member to a band or group.
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The Top Ten

Michael Jackson
WHEN YOU ARE THE ONE WHO SINGE, WRITE, COMPOSE, PRODUCE, DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPH.. you are simply the best, and every talent of these were perfect...
oh, I almost forgot he also directed 2 of his music video... so again THE BEST..
he is the KING OF MUSIC...
the best artist ever, and his talent was massive... singing, writing, composing, dancing, producing and choreographing... he even directed two of his music videos... what else do you need from an artist...
The King of Music... too many haters just judge a book by a cover! Don't understand how this world works.. More than just a legend.. The King Of Music.. PERIOD!
[Newest]I don't like pop music, in fact it may be my least favorite genera

2K.S. Chithra
She is the greatest singer of all time.
She has perfect pitch & perfect tune. I love all her songs.
She could sing any song & make it a hit. "
"Most certainly, without a doubt the greatest singer off all-time... And incredible musician over all. You can't tell me her voice is not the most unique as well

3Bob Dylan
There was music before bob dylan and then there was music after bob dylan. He changed the way that music was heard. The beatles were influenced by him. Go on youtube and look up "beatles on bob dylan" also like a rolling stone is considered the greatest song of all time.
He was mister perfect... What a breath!... Guitar... Mouth organ... And singing at a time... Salute... No one does it better... And the lyrics are breath taking!
Greatest songwriter of all time!

4Jackie Evancho
She is my singer, I follow no one else!
There are no words to describe the talent and charisma of this young performer. She leaves her audiences weeping with joy or numb with emotional exhaustion. She has to be seen live to be believed.


No flashy lights, twerking, explosions, autotune, maximum decibels or other distractions. Just an incredible young lady with an amazing voice in front of a piano or a symphony orchestra singing everything from Rachminioff to Morricone, U2 to Taylor Swift, and originals. Every concert is an amazing evening.

5David Bowie
The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Station To Station, Low, Heroes, Scary Monsters and The Next Day. All for me absolute masterpieces. He has done some bad albums such as Never let Me down, Tonight and Black Tie White Noise but I can't think of any other solo artist that has contributed as much as David Bowie.
Lists like this bring out the hate.
Can you believe that some moronic Michael Jackson fans have given Elvis a "dishonorable mention"?
No doubt they are jealous that Elvis is the biggest-selling solo artist of all time by a mile; only the Beatles have sold more than Elvis.
Most diverse and all round talented solo artist ever!

6John Lennon
A true legend, gave the world peace and love and was part of one of the most truly mind blowing bands who changed the face of popular music forever. No one has beaten his record hits.
Lennon's strong belief in atheism is what gave him a will to work towards world peace thorugh his songs, not god.
One of the best lyricists of all time!

7Elvis Presley
Elvis emerges during the late 50's and doesn't it tell those unbelievers why he is called "King" and why he is known to be the most imitated performers of all times. 36 years after his dead and yet his presence and influence is very much around. Elvis music is timeless and have withstand the test of time. He is the first and original American idol.
He should be number 1. Second to none! 36 years after his death, his influence can still be seen and fan clubs worldwide are still active and growing! There will always be a new generation of Elvis fans! ( Fyi:I don't belong from his era! ) Who can beat that?! He's "the king"!
There will never be someone like Elvis, he is number one.

8Elton John
Please get Sir Elton John in the top 10

9Jimi Hendrix
Have to love Hendrix, I understand MAYBE below Jackson and Dylan, but should be 3.
Moat of Hendrix's career he was not a solo artist.
Backup band for Little Richard, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, the Experience, Band of Gypsies; he was awesome but not a solo.

Ya! Vote for the real slim shady!
Eminem all the way

The Contenders

11Ozzy Osbourne
It's not just Ozzy it's all his other talented musicians backing him up as well. They deserve credit as well


12Paul McCartney
Name a song better than maybe I'm amazed,... Bet you can't
Not as good as he used to be, but can't despute his body of work.

13Eric Clapton

14Johnny Cash

15Bruce Springsteen
Bruce is top 5
I know he had the E Street Band, but it was all about Bruce

16Neil Young

17PJ Harvey

18Stevie Wonder

19James Brown
The Godfather of Soul

20Sumi Jo

21Emily Bear


23Tony Bennett

24Celine Dion

25Alice Cooper

26Billy Joel
How is Billy Joel so low on this list?

27Nick Drake

28Anna Graceman

29Delta Goodrem



32Phil Collins

33Trent Reznor

34Agnes Monica
She is the real diva
She is singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, producer
She is gorgeous and supertalented
Best asian artist of all time
I love you so much..

35Captain Beefheart

36Aretha Franklin

37Neil Diamond

Madonna and Michael Jackson together could not carry Elvis Presley's jockstrap.

39Bruno Mars
Where is bruno mars...

Bruno mars must be no. 1...
with Michael Jackson... I don't believe that bruno mars is no.16...

Bruno mars is the best Solo artist...
I love Bruno mars very much...
Amazing song...

you must try it, I'm sure you like it..

he is the greatest singer of all time.
he has perfect pitch & perfect tune. I love all her songs.
he could sing any song & make it a hit. "
"Most certainly, without a doubt the greatest singer off all-time... And incredible musician over all. You can't tell me his voice is not the most unique as well

he is absolutely the most original, and the greatest performer, with powerful voice that leaves us shocked and amazed. He is definitely number one, Bruno mars can sing him heart out and she sings him own compositions which make him even better
he sings very clever things in her songs, and the singles he put out, in the order he put them out, was brilliant, and very instrumental in his becoming the best singer he is now

40Robbie Williams

41Gary Numan

42Sissel Kyrkjebø

43Tom Waits

44Beyonce Knowles
Singer, songwriter, dancer, editor, director, entertainer... !
A Star Is Born!

45Marvin Gaye
Soul at it's best

46Frank Zappa
He's got some pretty messed up lyrics, but other than that he's really cool. :) Wasn't he in Deep Purple?

47Conrad Tao

48Mary-Jess Leaverland

49Ryan Tedder
Come on! Ryan on 23? Seriously. Listen to his songs! Like gravity or marching on or prodigal or the right moves!
Why Ryan Tedder not here in this list? God he is giving the best of him!


50Han Geng

51Taylor Swift
She is what we call amazing. Just amazing

52"Weird Al" Yankovic

53Enrique Iglesias

54Sammy Hagar
Sammy has one of the best voices in rock history. And even in a band he out preforms them almost every time.
Solo Career = Great
Van Halen = Great
Chickenfoot = Great
"Go on and write me up for 125!
Post my face wanted dead or alive!
Take my licence, all that jive!
I can't drive 55! "
-Sammy Hagar

55Mario Frangoulis

56Frank Sinatra
Chairman of the Board

57Adam Young

58Ed Sheeran

59Peter Gabriel
Why? His solo music from the 70s is incredible. His 80s music is great as well. even his soundtracks! Listen to the music he wrote for The Last Temptation of Christ.

60Katy Perry

61Kate Bush

62Steve Vai

63Jack Johnson

64David Lee Roth
Yes, yes David's place is in Van Halen, but his solo career was great! I love Yankee rose with a passion, great voice and defiantly a flair for showman ship.

65Toby Keith

66Jeff Buckley
One of the most underrated artists of all time. Jeff Buckley's life and music was cut short so that only a select amount of people recognize and appreciate his music. It's a shame that Jeff never got the attention in the music industry he deserved. Jeff Buckley deserves to be in the top ten without a doubt. RIP Jeff

67Amy Winehouse
Her voice and talent was unique! She was not a usual singer, she must be in the top 10!
She should be in the top ten!

I think he was best in the smiths, but I love his solo stuff.

69Justin Timberlake

70Bret Michaels

71Ellie Goulding
Best solo artist ever! All fans vote!

72Ted Nugent

73Iggy Pop
From The Stooges to solo... did some great stuff...

74Lou Reed

75Eddie Vedder
He's awesome. what else he rhymes with cheddar. he has amazing songs like "into the wild" he's a legend!
Go vedder

76Don Henley

77Iwan Fals

She should be number 10 at least.


79Billy Idol

80Hriday Tulsiani


Just a joke. Seriously, don't vote for this.

83George Harrison
After leaving the Beatles, while he didn't receive much recognition, he definitely should have. His solo work is better than John Lennon's experimental idiocy and Paul McCartney's generic rock combined, probably from a combination of both's styles, while still capturing the essence of the Beatles. See "All Things Must Pass" and "Cloud Nine".

84Kim Jaejoong

85Smokey Robinson
With or without the Miracles

86Wayne Newton
He's not called Mr. Las Vegas for nothing

87Paul Simon
With or without his partner Garfunkel, still good

88Rob Thomas

89Avril Lavigne

90Darius Rucker

91Kelly Clarkson

92Rob Zombie

93Aaron Lewis

94Howie Day

95Jonathan Antoine
The most amazing young Tenor of the decade. We have waited for the New Pavarotti
A young man with a tremendous voice. Started as part of a duo on Britains got talent.
His first solo album due out October 2014

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